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Cheney pilot and retired Spokane firefighter killed in ultralight crash in Whitman County

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Ronny Weston (PHOTO: Facebook) Ronny Weston (PHOTO: Facebook)
WHITMAN COUNTY, Wash. -

A pilot from Cheney died early Wednesday morning after crashing his ultra-light aircraft on the Snake River, according to the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. 

Just after 7:00 a.m., deputies were notified of the crash after an employee of the Granite Dam found the wreckage. Deputies arrived on scene and found the single-occupant of the Solaris 16.8 ultralight, identified as 64-year-old Ronny Weston of Cheney, deceased. 

Deputies say it is believed Weston was camping at Boyer Park with family and had used the airstrip earlier that morning, leaving on a short flight at around 6:30 a.m. Weston had just recently acquired the aircraft and was an experienced pilot, according to family members who spoke with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office. 

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer confirmed with KHQ Wednesday night that Weston was a retired Spokane Firefighter. 

The Whitman County Coroner's Office is working with the Whitman County Sheriff's Office and will assist in determining the exact cause and manner of death. The FAA was advised of the accident. 

Our thoughts go out to Mr. Weston's family. 

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